In April, in the wake of Navratri, artist Nivedita Saha joins the audio-social learning app Mentza


New Delhi (India), April 15: As Chaitra Navratri comes to an end, Nivedita Saha, artist, author and founder of Art Studio Meraki, will participate in 3 conversations on the Audio-Social Learning app Mentza, from April 16 to 20 at Dubai. The 20-minute conversations or circles (as Mentza calls them) that Saha will be part of will focus on: 1. “Body Positivity and Harnessing the Feminine Divine” on Mentza’s Behavior & Social Change community 2. “The Goddess and Divinity” on arts, culture and media community 3. ‘Her Journey as an Author, and Channeling the Inner Goddess’ on the books, arts, careers, travel, technology, books and music community. People who shared their thoughts on Mentza include filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, musician and creative entrepreneur Anushka Manchanda, Hindustani classical music maestro Shubha Mudgal, Shubhrata Prakash (director, NITI Ayog), Annurag Batra (president and editor , Business World Media Group) and Rana Safvi (scholar and popular historian). Nivedita Saha is an interdisciplinary artist based in Dubai, operating from her art studio, Art Studio Meraki, with an extensive practice spanning different methodologies and forms. Nivedita’s work encourages culturally distinct individuals to reflect on what it means for societies to coexist in this world. Her work has been included in the collections of eminent museums and private collections, and she continues to explore her inner calling through performances, art calls, collaborative projects, biennials and artistic residencies. Saha’s practice focuses on philosophical ideas expressed through various forms of storytelling. She wants to maintain old traditions and, on the contrary, explore new ones by creating an honest interactive space for dialogue and reflection. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Nivedita Saha said, “Art for me is a vehicle for social transformation and individual empowerment. It helps me explore the infinite potential of the divine feminine in all its manifestations. My practice aims to mount goddess form and mythology to harness the power within and challenge patriarchal norms everywhere. I am thrilled to take Mentza listeners on a journey with me through my practice and hope this will catalyze the spring cleanse we all need at the end of Navratri. To add to this, Tapasi Mittal, co-founder of Mentza, said, “Mentza has always been a space where writers and artists can share their learning and experience through stories, for creators to grow while helping others to grow. We are happy to have Nivedita join us on this journey. His philosophy of art coincides with our approach to learning. Nivedita’s deep interest and understanding for mythology, culture and the impacts of faith has led her to travel and share ideas across borders in Kazakhstan, Germany, England, Malaysia, the United States States, Portugal and India. Cultural Council, Bernina Kazakhstan, Chaap Artist Residency (Baroda), Berlin Artist Residency and London Artist Residency. Exhibitions of his work include ‘Shaping Collective Possibilities’, at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, ‘Sustaining Identity’ at Tashkeel Gallery, Dubai, ‘Myths & Legends’ at the 2nd Biennial International Artist Books Exhibition at the Gallery Atelier 6000, Bend Oregon, USA. (his work is in the permanent collection of the gallery), ‘A Poetica Do Visual’ in the Gallery of the Museum of the City of Aveiro (his work is in the permanent collection of the museum), and the Gallery of the Capitania Building, at the Portuguese; and the “Fifth Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition” at the Ottawa School of Art, Canada. REP REP

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